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What Is Stainless Steel Jewelry Are People Allergic To It
It depends: "stainless steel" is a carbon based metal. However, most "stainless steel" - even so called "surgical stainless" will contain other metals in trace amounts. If people are allergic to nickel or chromium, if their stainless steel has enough of those metals in it, they might have a reaction. ...Read more
Nickel allergy: Most surgical steel allergy is to the nickel alloy. Avoid any nickel alloy plating. Yellow gold is usually safe, but avoid silver. Platinum may also be safe but check with the jeweler and ask for the purity of all metals purchased. ...Read more
Metal allergy: Ideally you should be fine, unless there is nickel in it, there are kits you can buy to test jewelry for nickel content. ...Read more
Metal allergy: The most common metals associated with contact dermatitis allergy are nickel, cobalt, gold sodium thiosulphate. The T.R.U.E. Test can help clarify if these metals are implicated with the contact allergy associated with rash. Here is a link for more information on the T.R.U.E. Test: http://www.smartpractice.com/Apps/WebObjects/SmartPractice.woa/wa/content?f=product-truetest.html&m=SPA ...Read more
Gold and Platinum: People who are allergic to "cheap jewelry" are usually allergic to nickel and/or chromium. Though contact allergy can occur to any metal, the lowest rates of reaction are (unfortunately for some) to the more expensive metals like gold and platinum. The higher the quality, the less likely there is for a reaction. ...Read more
18k or Platinum: My wife is a jeweler and she says platinum always works. 18k as long as no nickel is used in the mixture. ...Read more
Yes: You can get a patch test by an allergist that can determine if you're allergic to different things. The most common is a nickel allergy. It can easily be diagnosed by just your history and skin reaction to the offending agent. ...Read more
I'm allergic to nickel as found in jewelry. Can I wear chrome plated jewelry without itching or breaking out?
Chrome over nickel: Purely "chromed" jewelry should be fine, but some are actually chromium-plated over nickel(making it more durable), thus once the chromium is worn-off exposing nickel you can still have trouble. Typically the reaction is slow and so if you start to have any trouble with the chromed/nickeled product, stop using asap and you should be fine. Topical steroid helps the rash. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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